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French Place Climate Activists Under House Arrest (Russ)
Interesting who the state targets after terrorism.
Superstorms Once Hurled Giant Boulders (Russ)
What might be in store for us as weather increasingly disrupted?
Walmart’s Domestic Spying Apparatus (Russ)
Keeping the workers in line and the union at bay
Birthers 2.0 – Ted Cruz Edition (Klaus)
Florida Democrat Alan Grayson said he would challenge the eligibility of Sen. Ted Cruz to be president if the Texan were to win the GOP nomination. Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother, which makes him an American citizen.
Former Defense Intelligence Chief Says Iraq Invasion Was a ‘Huge Error’ (Klaus)
Michael Flynn, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said invading Iraq was a “huge error” and that “history will not be and should not be kind with that decision.”
The Most Controversial Theory Behind ISIS’ Rise (Jimmy)
According to the Washington Post, this may be Thomas Piketty’s argument that the perpetuation of oil monarchies and exacerbation of economic inequality by Western powers in the Middle East is fueling the rise in terrorism. It’s telling that only by standards of the mainstream media is faulting the US for terrorism a touchy subject. This “controversy” states the obvious.
The Fort Knox of Food (Russ)
The gene bank designed to safeguard the American food supply.
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